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Intel Core i9-13900K

Core i9-13900K, E-Core Disabled vs. Enabled. 53 Title Game Standard Showdown | Building a specialized Z computer gaming environment

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from foreign mediaTechPowerUpbyDisabled/enabled core game benchmarks released for Core i9-13900K E-Core.What is the difference in game performance between disabling and enabling E-Core? Here are the benchmark results for a total of 53 titles.

test environment

CPU: Core i9-13900K (PL1/PL2: 253W)
Mother: ASUS Z790 Maximus Hero (BIOS 0604)
Memory: 32 GB (16 GB x 2) DDR5-6000 36-36-36-76 / Gear 2
CPU cooler: Arctic Liquid Freezer II 280mm (water-cooling)
GPU: GeForce RTX 4090 (Driver 522.25)
Operating system: Windows 10 version 21H2

53 title game standard

1080p

Core i9-13900K: E-Core disabled vs. 1920x1080 enabled
E-Core disabled vs. 1920×1080 enabled

1440 p

E-Core Disabled vs Enabled 2560x1440
E-Core Disabled vs Enabled 2560×1440

4k

Core i9-13900K: E-Core Disabled vs. Enabled 3840x2160
Disabled vs. Enabled 3840×2160

Summary

Benchmark results at 1080p showed that the following 17 titles performed better with E-Core disabled.

  • control (0.3%)
  • Cyberpunk 2077 (1.8%)
  • Deathloop (3.0%)
  • DOOM Eternal (0.3%)
  • Dying Light 2 (0.4%)
  • Far Cry 5 (9.6%)
  • Ghost Recon Wildlands (0.6 %)
  • GreedFall (7.9 %)
  • Just Cause 4 (0.2 %)
  • metro exit (9.0%)
  • prey (8.1 %)
  • Project cars (1.8 %)
  • Ax (1.6 %)
  • Strange Brigade (0.9%)
  • Watch Dogs: Legion (0.4%)
  • The Witcher 3 (0.4 %)
  • Wolfenstein 2 (3.0 %)

Of the other 36 titles, 32 had a higher frame rate with E-Core enabled, and 4 did not change depending on whether it was enabled or disabled.

Although there are gaming titles that benefit from having E-Core disabled, most titles run better with E-Core enabled.

Basically, leaving E-Core enabled is fine, but if you want a bit more frame rate gain for a specific title that would be beneficial to disable it, you might want to disable it.

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